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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,738 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,738
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 265 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Well, the famous Cali-Belgique certainly sold out fast @ Abraxas during Stone Weekend.

Pale golden body, OK head, not exactly the eye-popping beauty of a tulip full of Houblon Chouffe though.

Aroma is of massive Stone hoppiness. Interesting to note that while this is Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast, the hops smell different - much more of a green, leafy fresh tobacco aroma, and less pine and grapefruit that you find in regular Stone IPA. I know the hops are not different, but the aromatic expression comes off different, perhaps modified by the different yeast. At any rate, it's outstanding.

I taste the ultra-green tobacco hop, also some pretty fair notes of chewing gum courtesy of the yeast...nice Juicy Fruits flavor. Between that and the awesome hop, you have a winner. Malts are slightly sweet.

Feel-wise, it just doesn't have the pillowy feel of the top shelf Belgians...yeah, I am thinking of Houblon Chouffe again.

At a *relatively* low ABV, this is very drinkable. It would be nice if it was easier to come by down here in South Florida.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange body with white fluff head. Funk, citrus, citrus rind, and sweets in the nose. Flavors of citrus, alcoholic booze, hops, brett funk. Medium bodied and easily drinkable. Easy on the stomach but packs some interesting flavors on the palate.

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3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-golden yellow with a white head
S-overpowered by the belgian yeast strain. Can't get much else off of the brew
T-slight hops but is really dominated by its belgian side. Some grapes
M-medium bodied and smooth
d-drinkable, but not one of the best of the night

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow, with fairly active carbonation bouncing up against a 1/4" white bubbly head. The Belgian yet certainly can be seen in the consistency of the bubbles in the head. The sugars in this beer give it nice head retention and lacing as you drink it down.

Has a very floral aroma, with a hint of spicy funk. Orange and other citrus overtones mix with the belgian yeast to produce that spicy funk that you don't typically associate with an IPA.

Starts with a piney, bitter hop taste that quicy gives way to a floral, citrusy, slightly spicy ale with mild malt and grassiness. There is a white grapefruit taste along the middle of the tongue that balances nicely against the sweet, floral tastes that dominate.

Medium bodied that had a lighter feel to it because of the Belgian yeast. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste that gently fades away.

This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking IPA. Sweet, mild, yet nicely bitter, I definitely recommend you give this a try.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a slight caramel/amber hue and a medium-sized, very thick off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind fairly thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: A strong note of earthy Belgian-style yeast alongside notes of floral and herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with a citrusy hops flavor, finishing with earthy, bready yeast and more earthiness coming from the hops (alongside a bit of an herbal flavor). Very well-balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer and a very well-balanced IPA. If I didn't know this was brewed by Stone, I would have guessed that it had come from a Belgian brewer. Yet another very good beer from stone.

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3.89/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into chalice.

A - Pours a hazy dark gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Head dissipates somewhat rapidly, and maintains a thin ring around the perimeter for the entire duration of drinking.

S - A lot of grassy hops in the aroma followed by bitter grapefruit.

T - I get a lot more of the Belgian complexity in the taste than I did in the aroma. Grapefruit and grassy hops, characteristic Belgian yeast, a hint of honey, and a bit of herbal spiciness. This is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation is quite prickly and there is a definite dry finish to this.

O - An interesting Belgian IPA. Great for the price and great if you want something different from most IPAs, especially with how dry this is.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,738 ratings.